29 things to do the weekend of November 3

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Hixon Dance 10th anniversary concert at McConnell Arts Center

Friday

Hixon Dance 10th anniversary concert at McConnell Arts Center

A mainstay of the independent dance scene, Hixon Dance marks its 10-year anniversary with a retrospective program Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington.

Founder/director Sarah Hixon dug through 10 years of movement-making and selected both a representative cross-section of work and choreography that returns to particular themes and movement qualities. “I am taking movement I had used before and seeing how I could change it and alter and manipulate it to make it seem different and totally new,” Hixon said. Some music will be performed live on stage, and a new sculpture by Chicago artist Hannah Barco will also be featured.

Saturday

Deadwood Floats plays Big Room Bar

Drew Williams and fellow Deadwood Floats singer and songwriter Adam Schutz each contribute songs to Baby Blue (as does guitarist Luke Fleeman). The two have been playing and writing music together since their high school days in Westerville, along with bassist Colin Matsumoto and drummer Joel Arter.

“When you’re friends for that long you have parallel experiences,” Williams said of his friendship with Schutz. “We’ve leaned on each other through some stuff. It shapes who you are.” After playing Cheap Trick covers in high school, Williams and Schutz started a folk duo at Ohio State around 2010. The band’s first full-length, Three Years, took, as you might have guessed, three years to make, and after the album’s release, Deadwood Floats began moving away from the sound of a twee-folk collective toward more of a full-band, folk-rock sound that finds itself in full bloom on new EPBaby Blues.

Sunday

Mavis Staples opens for Bob Dylan at Palace Theatre

If All I Was Was Black (Anti-), soul legend Mavis Staples’ third and most recent collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, kicks off with “Little Bit,” on which Staples explores the deep racial tensions that can lead seemingly innocuous actions (reaching for identification, or carrying merchandise in a big-box retailer that sells BB guns, for instance) to have deadly results. While these darker undercurrents run throughout — “Oh, they lie and they show no shame,” Staples sings of her justice-fearing opposition on “Who Told You That?” — the singer’s optimism and unrelenting belief in a brighter future have a way of making even the most odious human traits feel like little more than passing storm clouds.

Bob Dylan headlines. Word is that he’s pretty OK, too.